Community Engagement

Community Engagement works with individuals and organizations in the communities served by UTMB Health to build relationships and provide resources to improve community health and health literacy. The Community Engagement Team...
  • Organizes Health Policy Dialogues and other educational opportunities for the campus and community.
  • Aides in securing UTMB resources for participation in community-based health activities and special events.
  • Organizes UTMB's participation in the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign.
  • Represents UTMB on a variety of community-based boards and committees.
  • Hosts the annual Galveston Youth Leadership Awards scholarship program and awards dinner.

Community Health Initiatives

Community Health Fairs and Health Promotion
Community Relations staff members help to coordinate UTMB’s participation in a variety of community health fairs and related activities. Contact Community Relations for information on upcoming events or to request UTMB’s participation in your event.
UTMB Speakers’ Bureau
The UTMB Speakers’ Bureau can provide your organization with expert speakers on a variety of health care related topics ranging from health promotion or medical careers to health care reform and the latest in biomedical research.
Health Policy Dialogues
This annual lecture series co-sponsored by HPLA and the UTMB Office of the President helps educate medical students and the public alike on the politics of healthcare. National, regional and local experts are invited to campus for a live lecture, Q&A session and lunch.

Community Events

State Employee Charitable Campaign
UTMB employees have donated millions of dollars over the years to help those in their communities who are less fortunate. Community Relations staff members work with a committee of UTMB employees to coordinate the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign on the UTMB campus.
Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit
The annual Galveston women’s conference is co-sponsored by UTMB and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. The conference provides participants a day filled with personal and professional development opportunities. The annual event features a number of UTMB experts in health care, education and biomedical research along with nationally recognized speakers with a variety of expertise in areas of interest to women of all ages.
Galveston Youth Leadership Awards
The annual Galveston Youth Leadership Awards organized by UTMB recognize outstanding local high school seniors for their academic success, cultural awareness, physical fitness and service to the Galveston community. The highly competitive awards provide first, second and third place winners with cash awards donated by local family foundations.
UTMB Earth Day
UTMB is dedicated to conserving and preserving the environment. Employees from across campus gather each Earth Day in the Moody Medical Library Plaza to learn how they can support UTMB’s extensive conservation efforts.


Becky L. Unbehagen
Executive Director, Community Relations


Diana Davison 
University Events Coordinator, Community Relations